You can view the spectacular cherry blossoms practically everywhere in Tokyo. These are the top places we visited for cherry blossom viewing. These parks are just some of never-ending activities to do while visiting Tokyo. Click here for my part 1 of my Tokyo guide and here for part 2!
If you missed it, read my post on how to plan your Japan trip during the cherry blossom season.
Hours: 24 Hours
Illumination: Sunset to 9pm
This is one of my favourite spots to see the cherry blossoms. It’s one of the most popular and you’ll see why. More than 800 cherry trees line the beautiful Meguro River, which stretches 4 kilometre long. It’s especially stunning at night when the blossoms are illuminated from sunset to 9pm. During this season, there are many vendors selling food and drinks along the river. Many restaurants and cafes are also located here, where you can enjoy a drink or meal with a view.
Hours: 9am – 10pm
Chidorigafuchi Park is one of the most picturesque places to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. You can see a stretch of more than 200 trees along the promenade. It also provides a wonderful view of the boats. The trees are beautiful illuminated from sunset until 10pm during this season.
The best way to enjoy the cherry blossoms here is by boat. Make sure to go early, because it’s an extremely popular activity. We arrived around 10am and it was already pretty crowded. If you’re bringing children, there are paddle boats for rental too!
I recommend renting the boat for one hour, due to the fact that it takes some time to be comfortable with rowing.
Hours during the cherry blossom season: 9am – 8pm
Regular Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Boat Rental Price: 800 Yen for 30 minutes or 1600 Yen for one hour
Ueno Onshi Park
Hours: 5am – 11pm
Ueno Onshi Park is a vast park with over 1,000 cherry blossom trees lining the main promenade. It’s probably the most crowded due to its popularity. However, it doesn’t take away from its vibrant atmosphere. You’ll see many people celebrating Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party). Hundreds come here to have a picnic under the trees. During this season, many vendors will be selling food along some of the smaller streets. Furthermore, there’s lot of places to explore. You’ll be able to easily spend several hours here.
Ueno Park is one of the largest parks in Tokyo. It’s home to many temples, shrines, museums, and the Ueno Zoo. There’s even a Starbucks if you need a cup of coffee! The trees are illuminated in the evening from 5:30pm – 8pm.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Hours: 9am – 5pm (Last entry 4:30pm)
Admission: 500 Yen for Adults (Price change effective March 19th, 2019)
250 Yen for Students
250 Yen for Seniors over 65
Free for Children
*Alcohol is prohibited here unlike other parks.
Click here for more information from the Ministry of Environment.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a national garden located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. It’s spread over 58.3 hectares of natural space and home to 1,000 cherry trees. Additionally, these trees all bloom at different times. This is a great place to enjoy the blossoms if you miss it during the main viewing season.
Shinjuku Gyoen provides an oasis for a stroll and a picnic. The garden’s location in Tokyo’s center makes it convenient to visit after shopping and dining.
Hours: 6am – 5pm
*Shops at Nakamisedori open 9:30am – 7pm
*The Shrine is illuminated from sunset – 11pm
Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest and most significant ancient Buddhist temple. It dates all the way back to 645 AD. You’ll experience traditional Japanese culture as soon you step foot into the main gate. Furthermore, it’s also a beautiful spot to see the cherry blossoms.